Sandoval creates office for workforce development

CARSON CITY — Gov. Brian Sandoval on Friday launched a new office within the administration to coordinate workforce development efforts and target grant money.

The Office of Workforce Innovation was created by executive order in March using federal funds reserved for statewide workforce investment activities.

“Nevada’s economic success and recovery require the state to develop a workforce that is ready to meet the demands of the new Nevada economy,” Sandoval said in a statement. “This office will ensure that our limited resources are spent prudently and strategically.”

Sandoval appointed Manny Lamarre to head up the office. Lamarre, 29, holds a bachelor’s in political science from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, and a master’s in education policy and management from Harvard.

Lamarre will receive a yearly salary of $85,000 and oversee the office that has one other full-time and two part-time employees. All are paid through the federal Workforce Investment Opportunity Act.

Lamarre’s background includes experience in teaching and coaching, grants and project management, and policy advising.

“The seed for how states should strategically prepare for the future of workforce development is being planted here and I look forward to seeing those seems blossom in the Nevada ecosystem,” he said.

Key objectives will be creating career pathways in Nevada in the fields of information technology, advanced manufacturing, education and health care.

The office will administer grants and coordinate collaboration among state agencies and Nevada higher education institutions involved in workforce development.

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